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Proudly Napier F.A April 21

Mayor Kirsten Wise Portraits Westshore May 2020 16

Kia ora koutou, 

Have you made a submission to our Long Term Plan yet?

You still have plenty of time to take a look at our proposals and have your say. Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 12 May.

Our priorities have changed since the last time we reviewed the LTP, three years ago. I appreciate you taking the time to think about the issues, and to discuss it with us if there are things you’re unsure about, or you want to know how and why we came to certain conclusions.

We held our first Facebook Live session and community meeting in the middle of April and it was great to receive a number of questions from our community on the proposals in the draft Long Term Plan. We would love you to join us online at our next Facebook Live session on Tuesday 4 May or our next community meeting on Thursday 29 April.

Keeping our rates low historically has meant we are now dealing with ageing infrastructure and outdated systems at the same time the Government is toughening standards. We also need to ensure we are putting enough money aside to replace and renew our assets in the future. We have the option of borrowing money, which helps spread the costs over time and keeps rates lower.

We’ve had to think hard about our spending and priorities, and we can’t pass all these increasing costs onto ratepayers.

This year’s proposal is for an average rates increase of 8% for 2021/22.
Priorities are:
  • Deliver the essentials
  • Look after what we’ve got
  • Invest in our future.

We are also very aware of some serious incidents that have played out in our public places and we know that people are feeling less safe out and about. We’ve included a focus on community safety as part of our proposed plan.

What you tell us, through your submissions, and through your feedback face-to-face, will help inform our decisions. We need to get the balance right, and we want to know what matters to you.

This issue of Proudly Napier briefly covers the highlights of this year’s proposals, where to find more information, and, most importantly, how to have your say.

We fund a number of safety activities, and are either involved in or lead several of these.

LTP Doc Clr Graeme Community Patrol Anderson Park 13

We’re also responsible for coordinating the 40-plus agencies, organisations and groups that work together to improve community safety, collectively known as Safer Napier.

We invest in initiatives including Surf Lifesaving, Napier Community Patrols and Neighbourhood Support, and help fund community-led ones such as rangatahi programmes providing pathways into education and employment.

We’ve also developed and led awareness and behaviour change campaigns about begging in the CBD and Marewa, encouraging people to give to those who can help those in need such as Salvation Army.

What are Council roles and responsibilities when it comes to safety?

Legislation means we can enforce noise limits, animal control and liquor licensing, ensuring  acceptable activities that maintain safety in all public places.

We must ensure our transport systems are safe, parks, reserves and open spaces are well maintained and designed, and define routes allowing people to move safely with good visibility, effective lighting and way finding.

We contract security to keep communities, infrastructure and facilities safe, and work alongside volunteer community patrols and Māori wardens.

What has Council done recently?

Following the completion of a Street Management and Security Review in 2019, and as part of the 2020/21 Annual Plan consultation, we approved replacing the CCTV network. 

The review also investigated a CIty Ambassador Service and we’re looking into this further.

What next?

We will be carrying out a city safer pathways review, to identify and create safe, well-lit routes from the main CBD to the main parking areas for business and retail employees.

We have a number of regulatory controls and initiatives that contribute to the overall safety of Napier residents, but there are several agencies and community leaders with important roles to play.

We are only one part of the solution. Want to know more? Go to - Say it Napier.

Keeping our city safe 

We fund a number of safety activities, and are either involved in or lead several of these.LTP Doc Clr Graeme Community Patrol Anderson Park 13

We’re also responsible for coordinating the 40-plus agencies, organisations and groups that work together to improve community safety, collectively known as Safer Napier.

We invest in initiatives including Surf Lifesaving, Napier Community Patrols and Neighbourhood Support, and help fund community-led ones such as rangatahi programmes providing pathways into education and employment.

We’ve also developed and led awareness and behaviour change campaigns about begging in the CBD and Marewa, encouraging people to give to those who can help those in need such as Salvation Army.

What are Council roles and responsibilities when it comes to safety?

Legislation means we can enforce noise limits, animal control and liquor licensing, ensuring  acceptable activities that maintain safety in all public places.

We must ensure our transport systems are safe, parks, reserves and open spaces are well maintained and designed, and define routes allowing people to move safely with good visibility, effective lighting and way finding.

We contract security to keep communities, infrastructure and facilities safe, and work alongside volunteer community patrols and Māori wardens.

What has Council done recently?

Following the completion of a Street Management and Security Review in 2019, and as part of the 2020/21 Annual Plan consultation, we approved replacing the CCTV network. 

The review also investigated a CIty Ambassador Service and we’re looking into this further.

What next?

We will be carrying out a city safer pathways review, to identify and create safe, well-lit routes from the main CBD to the main parking areas for business and retail employees.

We have a number of regulatory controls and initiatives that contribute to the overall safety of Napier residents, but there are several agencies and community leaders with important roles to play.

We are only one part of the solution. Want to know more? Go to - Say it Napier.

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